Diploma in Swedish Massage (DSM)



Module 1: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology


  1. Cells, Tissues, Organs & Systems of the body
  2. The skeletal system
  3. The muscular system
  4. The integumentary system
  5. The cardiovascular system
  6. The lymphatic system
  7. The nervous system
  8. The endocrine system
  9. The respiratory system
  10. The digestive system
  11. The urinary system
  12. The reproductive system
  13. Pathology of each of the systems of the body
  14. Homeostasis
  15. Inflammatory Response


Module 2: Stress Management


  1. Stress & long-term effects
  2. Stress and disease
  3. General Adaptation Syndrome:
  4. Stress Management & relaxation
  5. Relaxation techniques


Module 3: Swedish Massage


  1. The history, philosophy and role of Swedish Massage
  2. The benefits and physiological effects of massage - general and specific including the effects of massage on the different systems of the body
  3. How to present oneself professionally with due regard to hygiene, manner and posture
  4. The preparation and maintenance of the working area with due regard to the safety and comfort of the client.
  5. Cautions & contraindications
  6. The consultation, history taking and evaluation of the client, checking for cautions and contra-indications and assessing the client's needs, referring clients where appropriate.
  7. The safe and practical application of the movements of massage incorporating safe and efficient posture and the uses and effects of the different moves.
  8. Relating the manual techniques of massage to knowledge of anatomy and physiology
  9. Swedish massage to legs, feet, glutes, arms, back, neck & shoulders (seated and prone), abdomen, head & face. Full body massage.
  10. Care of clients with special needs:
  11. The evaluation of the effectiveness of the Swedish Massage, aftercare and advice, common client reactions to massage treatment.


Module 4: Practice Management


  1. Ethics and Professionalism
  2. Setting up, managing and promoting a Massage Therapy Practice
  3. Record keeping – taking and keeping client’s notes, keeping accounts, legalities, insurance and public liability


Module 5: First Aid


  1. Identifying the emergency condition
  2. Emergency procedures and immediate action response
  3. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
  4. First Aid management of burns, head injuries, strokes, heart attacks, fainting, choking, shock and haemorrhage
  5. First Aid treatment of sprains and strains.


Please see course syllabus for more information